As November turns into December we are all reminded that it’s the most wonderful time of year once again…WINTER! During the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas there is a lot to do; between traveling, visiting friends and family, cooking, squeezing in some work here and there and of course skiing ...Read More
Kent “want to pet my puppy?” May With marriage out of the way Kent is following the age old stall tactic of delaying having kids by just getting a dog instead. He won the kids vs. dog argument with the astute observation that no infant has ever successfully rescued anyone ...Read More
Thursday, November 28 is going to be a busy day at Alyeska. Not only is it OPENING DAY for the ski resort, but lots of people also choose to skip the kitchen stress and celebrate their Thanksgiving holiday with us. The Pond Café Thanksgiving Buffet is sold out for all ...Read More
Where is Alyeska Resort?
Alyeska Resort is located 40 miles from Anchorage, Alaska in the town of Girdwood. The region is referred to as Southcentral Alaska. Alyeska Resort is home to the luxurious Hotel Alyeska, a 304-guest room property offering slopeside access and full-service guest amentities.
What is there to do?
In the Winter, Alyeska Resort offers in-bound skiing and snow boarding, as well as signature services at The Spa at Alyeska. In the immediate area, you can also participate in helicopter and snow-cat accessed skiing and riding, dog sledding, snowmobiling, flightseeing, ice climbing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
During the Summer season, Alyeska Resort features easy access to nature trails for hiking, biking and berry picking. You can also take wildlife and glacier cruises, guided fishing, sea kayaking, glacier hiking, jet-boating and rafting trips, as well as go paragliding, helicopter flightseeing, bear viewing, dog sledding and much more!
Do I have to make advanced reservations?
Reservations for your stay at The Hotel Alyeska are highly advised to ensure availability for your desired trip dates. For activities, if you have your heart set on a specific tour or trip, we recommend advance reservations in order to guarantee availability. Reservations for Seven Glaciers Restaurant are also recommended.
Do I need to rent a car?
It is not necessary for you to rent a car. Transportation, to and from Alyeska Resort, can be arranged to most major areas and tourism locations with a little pre-planning. In the Summer, many guests prefer having a rental car and the freedom it allows to travel at your own pace and schedule. Within Girdwood, Glacier Valley Transit provides public transportation with dedicated stops between the Hotel and key locations in town.
How's the weather?
Southcentral Alaska has four distinct seasons. Summer can be mild with temperatures ranging between 40°F and 75°F. Winters see temperatures between 15°F and 40°F. For a complete list of temps and other climate resources, click here.
What's the daylight like?
In the heart of winter (December to January), Alyeska receives 5.5 hours of daylight per day. Around summer solstice, Alyeska sees more than 20 hours of daylight each day. Click here for an annual daylight chart.
Is there a medical facility in the area?
The Girdwood Clinic is located at the Girdwood New Townsite, about three miles from Alyeska Resort. They can be reached at 907-783-1355 or visit their website.
What's the skiing/riding like at Alyeska?
Alyeska Resort is known for steep lines and abundant snowfall. Located at sea level, Alyeska's snowfall has a heavier water content, allowing it to stick better to these steep faces of the Chugach Mountains. In the recent past, the resort's new ownership has invested heavily in family-friendly skiing and riding amenities including two Magic Carpets, new high-speed quad chairlift, and physical terrain changes to open up key traffic areas.
How much snow does Alyeska Resort get?
On average, Alyeska Resort receives 631" at the summit annually. Click here for a complete list of stats.
How long is the ski season at Alyeska?
For 2009-10, Alyeska is open from November 25, 2009 to April 25, 2010, with weekend Spring skiing in May 2010 (conditions permitting).
When's the best time to make a ski trip?
Alyeska Resort is Alaska's premier destination resort. All winter, the resort sees a lot of local traffic from Anchorage. Vacationing skiers and riders tend to visit Alyeska starting mid-February and President's Week. By late February, Alyeska starts receiving more hours of daylight than the continental US. The Iditarod Race kicks off Spring the first week of March. Spring skiing is very popular with locals, heli & snowcat skiing guests and other avid skiers and riders.
Where can one heli-ski?
Chugach Powder Guides offers helicopter assisted skiing right from Alyeska Resort. They operate guided heli-ski trips from mid-February to late April. CPG also offers guided snowcat skiing, a very affordable way to ski and ride intermediate to expert terrain in the Chugach range.
Events & Activities
What's an aerial tram?
Alyeska Resort is home to a 60-passenger aerial tram that takes guests up 2,300 ft in elevation. This scenic ride takes up to seven minutes and stops at the Upper Tram Terminal on Mt. Alyeska. Click here to learn more about the tram.
What family-friendly activities are available?
Alyeska Resort is a playground for all ages year-round. In addition to skiing and riding, Alyeska Resort offers family-friendly nature trails designed for hiking, biking and berry picking (in season). Alyeska also hosts a variety of events in the summer and winter seasons. Click here for a list of our signture events.Will I see the Northern Lights?
In the summer, you may not see the northern lights due to the long hours of daylight. In the winter months, on a cold clear night, you have about a 20% chance of seeing the northern lights.
When's the best fishing?
Fishing in Alaska can be a life-long endeavor. Alyeska Resort is situated along the Seward Highway and the gateway to the Kenai Peninsula, home to world-class salmon and halibut fishing. Fishing season typically runs from May to September, with July the peak fishing season for visitors. Winter fishing is also available and typically a local, avid fisherman sport. In season, there are multiple runs of King, Sockeye and Silver salmon. Other fish local to the area include varieties of trout (Dolly Varden, Rainbow, Steelhead), halibut and hooligan. As many local fisherman will tell you, on the Kenai River and elsewhere in the region, timing is indeed everything, and prudent anglers do their homework. For guests, we highly recommend guided fishing - from day trips to week-long fly-in tours, let a local expert take you out for the most rewarding fishing experience. The Concierge Desk can help you identify the best outfitter for your desired fishing adventures.
What does the word “Alyeska” mean?
“Alyeska” is an Aleut word meaning “Great land of the white to the east”.
Where did the Turnagain Arm get its name?
Captain Cook supposedly entered the Cook Inlet only to find that the inlet did not connect to Prince William Sound. He was forced to turn around; therefore, the area is now known as Turnagain Arm.
When is the Iditarod Race?
The world-famous marathon dog-sled team race is held the first week of March. Anchorage celebrates the start of the annual event with the Fur Rendezvous, a two-week event that includes family-friendly festivities and demonstrations. Don't miss the Running of the Reindeer! For more information about the Iditarod, click here.
Where is the state capitol?
Juneau, located in Southeast Alaska, is the only US state capital accessible only by boat or plane.
What's a "snow machine"?
This is the Alaskan term for snow mobiles.
How does one tell if a gift or souvenir is locally made?
Look for the “Made in Alaska” symbol indicates that the article is made in Alaska. The “Silver Hand” emblem guarantees that it was hand crafted by an Alaska Native.
What is the significance of "sourdough"?
In addition to being a starter used to make bread, sourdough has come to mean any person who has lived in Alaska for a significant period of time and has established themselves in the lifestyle which is typical of the frontier Alaskan and outdoors man.
What's an Ulu?
This traditional Eskimo woman’s knife is a fan shaped tool made for scraping and chopping.